Radagast the Brown in Jackson’s ‘The Hobbit’

Okay, so I’ve just watched The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey again; it being Peter Jackson’s rendition of the book (the first part at least). I just fell to thinking about how it measures up to my preconceptions having read the book, and the LOTR Appendices.

As a film, I like it. It’s pretty good, and I love Martin Freeman as Bilbo, I think he’s a splendid character match.

Right, I can’t wait any longer, I need to rant about the things I don’t agree with!

Thorin: I like the character portrayal, he seems dark and brooding. I just don’t like the way some of the ways he pronounces his words. He has a little bit of an accent I find slightly out of character. For example, he says ‘Gandolf’ instead of ‘Gandalf’. I think it a bit odd how all of the Dwarves are from the same background, yet only Thorin has the accent. Odd.

The Trolls: Okay, I know that The Hobbit’s target audience is a bit younger than LOTR was, it’s meant to entertain children to some extent. However, I find the trolls just a little too comical. The part when the one blows his nose over Bilbo I find very displeasing to my tastes; I should have preferred it more serious. But hey, that’s just my taste and a deep respect for the literature of which it was born.

Azog: I’m sorry. There are no words for my dislike of this plotline. Azog dies in the Battle of Azanulbizar in Third Age year 2799. His son Bolg features much later in the Hobbit.

Radagast: In my mind, Radagast has always been, and will continue to be a wise man. A master of birds and beasts and in tune with the forest. Peter Jackson has painted him as some crackpot with bird droppings down his face and a birds nest under his hat. Absolutely not. I have always imagined Radagast as a tall, silver haired man of green cloak with a raven on his shoulder. I won’t let the film chap cut that from my head. For the role of the crackpot though, the actor does remarkably and I commend him.

So, yes. Little bit of a rant but there you have it.


The Silmarillion (J.R.R. Tolkien) Book Review

The Silmarillion is another of Tolkien’s books set in The Lord of the Rings universe. Most of his books are, of course, and all are brilliant. Every regular to this site knows of my love affair with Tolkien literature, so if you don’t want to read a review brimming with affection and enjoyment. Alternatively, if you found the Silmarillion too difficult to read, and are now searching the Internet for a bad review to make you feel better, you can leave too.

The Silmarillion is the story of Arda, the world, ranging from its creation through its elder history, the awakening of the elves and the coming of men and dwarves. It tells of the gallon of Melkor, who was the master of Sauron, and on through all the history of Arda – the world, through the Lord of the Rings trilogy era (summed up in about a page) ending with the last ship leaving the Grey Havens, as it does in the Lord of the Rings. Continue reading

The Lord of the Rings: Extended Movies

Just a quickie for today, but I’ll have a review for the sequel to The Hunger Games over the next few days. If you’ve watched the Lord of the Rings movies, you’ve probably seen that they are indeed very good films. Quality screen-time, one might say. Now, if you haven’t treated yourself to the Extended Editions box-set, consider yourself diminished, for you have not seen the full glory of that which is the Extended Editions!

Each of the films is about four hours long. Some people might say ‘I can’t sit a movie for that long!’ Trust me; you can. These films will suck even those who’ve watched the standard movies and know all of the lines (guilty, I can sit and recite the standard films along to the television, which my family hate), and spit you out twelve hours later wanting to start all over again! There is a lot – a lot – more content, many new scenes and many revised scenes.

Please, please buy yourself the Extended Edition set. I mustadmit I’m watching it right now; I just got to one of my favourite bits of dialogue.

“Frodo Baggins is my name, and this is Samwise Gamgee.”
“Your bodyguard?”
“His gardener.”

Can anyone place those lines?

Notes on The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Well yesterday I saw The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey movie today. I’m not sure what I thought about it really. It could have been ‘better’ but it could have been far far worse. This isn’t a review, but more a collaboration of my thoughts and feelings. Continue reading

Orcs (Stan Nicholls) Book Review

Stan Nicholls’ ‘Orcs’ is a book that definitely strums a different string to most other fantasy books. We have no knight in shining armour, nor silver elven lord. This book caught my eye in Waterstones (I do most of my shopping in brick and mortar stores, not online), and turned out to be a really good novel. I’d reccommend this to anybody looking for a good read.

Orcs is the story of the Wolverines, an Orc warband enslaved by an evil queen ‘Jennesta’. They are set against the Unis (humans whom worship one god), their master being a ‘Mani’ (worshiping many gods). The orcs also hate the humans for bringing advancement and technology to the land, and draining the magic of Maras Dantia (the world). Sent to retrieve an artifact, the Orcs are delayed and Jennesta believes herself betrayed, so she sends a second warband to pursue them. Under captain Stryke, the Wolverines decide they must garner four more of the artifact ‘stars’ to bargain their freedom. As their enemies mount up, things become a little more difficult, however. Captain Stryke is having strange dreams, though. Dreams that mean more than he realises.. Continue reading

A Poem!

Three posts today, I know, I’m sorry!

I just finished writing out this poem in my first shoddy attempt at ‘Bilbo Hand’, which can be found here, and is the writing style of Bilbo (and Frodo) in the Lord of the Rings films. As it is, this took me ages to write, but I hope to become more fluent!

The poem is based off of Bilbo’s poem in Rivendell, Book 1, Chapter 3. I hope you enjoy it.

No, the font doesn’t incorporate capitals.

Unfinished Tales (J.R.R. Tolkien) Book Review

Tolkien’s ‘Unfinished Tales’ is not a story in itself, but a collection of tales that relate to stories in The Lord of the Rings universe, which Tolkien has added to. Some are not ‘unfinished’, but more explanations, or even a ‘prequel’ style story. In this way, I cannot write this review as I normally would, as the book does not follow a single coherent plot, nor follow the deeds of one group of characters. Continue reading